The Powerless Essay

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The Powerless Racial profiling is used every day in law enforcement, although it’s a very controversial technique. According to Wikipedia, “racial profiling refers to the use of an individual’s race or ethnicity by law enforcement personnel as a key factor in deciding whether to engage in enforcement” (Racial Profiling.) The Federal government sees profiling in violation the fourth amendment of the constitution, which includes unreasonable search and seizure without probable cause. Although unlawful, many law enforcement agencies view racial and ethnic profiling as effective and necessary. Since 9/11, racial profiling has become a huge issue. The war on terror, created a huge conflict with law enforcement, particularly within airports. The reason that profiling is still used and seen as acceptable is because “crime is simply higher in some communities that have a large minority population and that to ignore that fact due to a sense of moral integrity would be both morally and professionally wrong” (Racial Profiling.) Law enforcement has their excuses for using racial profiling, but the real reason deals with the difference in power. Scapegoating is used and abused all the time within the justice system. Most everyday conflicts deal with power control and who makes the decisions. George Walker of Oregon State University defines conflict as “a struggle between opponents over values and claims to scarce status, power and resources.” In the story Cora Unashamed, the main character Cora struggled between which societies she fit into. Cora was working for the Studevant family; at times she was treated like just one of the other white folks, but at other times she was looked down at and treated like the servant that she was. Jessie, the Studevant’s youngest daughter had a pretty difficult childhood; she was always being compared with her older more-successful
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